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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966 

President, Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

This year Northwestern State University celebrates its 
125th anniversary. In that time, the impact of this institution has 
been immeasurable. Those of us who have been privileged to work here have worked to 
create an atmosphere in which students can undergo experiences that transform their 

I have been fortunate to be part of this university for more than a third of its 
existence and my family's involvement goes back much further. I am sure that I have 
remained a part of Northwestern for so long because I feel this place is special. We are 
blessed with a picturesque campus, but it's not the buildings or the grounds that set 
Northwestern apart. It has always been the people. I can think back over the years and 
remember the many special people who gave of themselves to help me and others. I 
know each of you can do the same. 

Over the next year, Northwestern will host a number of special events highlighting 
our 125th anniversary. I hope you will make plans to join us whenever possible on the 
Natchitoches campus or at an alumni event near you. 

As some of you are aware, Northwestern and other Louisiana universities are 
currently experiencing a difficult financial situation due to state budget cuts caused by a 
decline in revenues. The university suffered a mid-year budget cut of $2.1 million and 
may face further cuts in the next fiscal year. I want to assure you that the university will 
work to make it through the current difficulties and continue to provide an outstanding 
educational opportunity for our students. In these challenging times, your support is 

Thank you for all you do to help Northwestern State University. 

William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005 

Acting Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni: 

We began 2009 traveling the region to assist with 
recruiting receptions and events. The office of Alumni and 
Development feels these events are an important tool in 
attracting bright students to Northwestern. But these events are always more 
successful when alumni can tell their story and share their memories with prospective 
students. You are our best recruiting tool! Keep an eye out for an event near you. Not 
only would you serve as a wonderful ambassador for the school, you might even run 
into an old friend 

2009 is also an exciting year for Northwestern as we celebrate the 125th 
anniversary of our schools founding. We have many exciting events planned 
throughout the year to commemorate this milestone. Our athletes and spirit groups will 
be wearing anniversary badges on their uniforms, and a special music selection has 
been commissioned for a performance later this year. Check our website, 
www, for an up-to-date list of all the exhibits, reunions and 
receptions being held to celebrate Northwestern's tradition of excellence. We have a 
special section devoted to the 125th Anniversary and the events commemorating it. 

We love to hear from and see our alumni, whether you graduated in 2008 or 50 
years ago If you have not visited campus lately, this would be a great year to do so. 
From the State Normal School to the Louisiana State Normal College to Northwestern 
State College to Northwestern State University, we have been proud to educate 
students that make an impact on their communities after they graduate You are the 
reason why Northwestern remains the excellent university it is today. 

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Commemorating 125 years 

NSU's history outlines contributions to education and quality of life 

he history of Northwestern begins when a portion of 
property once owned by Natchitoches founder Louis 
JL Juchereau de St. Denis was eventually obtained by 
Charles Adams Bullard and his wife Julia Bludworth Wiley 
Bullard. In 1832. the Bullards completed a large 2-1/2 story 
mansion on a hill facing east towards Chaplin's Lake, which 
was then a principal channel of the Red River. Years later in 
1850, a portion of the tract was purchased by Bishop Auguste 
Martin at a succession sale, including 45 acres, buildings and 
improvements. In 1856, Father Martin sold the property to 
Antoinette Bullion, superior of the Academy of the Sacred 
Heart in Natchitoches. The Academy had been established in 
1847 as the first Catholic school in north Louisiana. In 1856, 
in appreciation for the dedication of the Sisters of the Sacred 
Heart, Bishop Martin ceded to them the Bullard site for a new 
and expanded convent on the property. 

In 1857, the Sisters moved their convent to the new site, 
modified the old Bullard mansion to suit their needs and 
constructed a large brick school building. In 1866, the 
Religious of the Sacred Heart acquired an additional 50-acre 
tract of land to the south and west, which increased the 
grounds to nearly 100 acres. The Academy's enrollment began 
a decline during the Civil War and post-war years when 
families could not meet tuition expenses and supplies of food 
and necessities were scarce. The Religious of the Sacred Heart 
struggled to keep the school open for 10 years until finally 
closing its doors in 1875. 

The Bullard mansion and convent buildings remained 
vacant for nearly a decade until a bill was introduced into the 
Louisiana legislature in 1884 to establish a state normal 
school. Normal schools, those that were exclusively dedicated 

to the training of teachers, were based on a system established 
in France. These institutions were called ecoles normale, 
relating to the norms or standards to be applied in teaching. 
State Representative Leopold Caspari proposed that the school 
be located in Natchitoches and, competing against several 
other municipalities, marshaled the support of area civic and 
business leaders to purchase the 100-acre site of the former 
Academy of the Sacred Heart as the location of the Louisiana 
State Normal School. 

The selection of Natchitoches was announced in October 
1884. A short two-month session began in March 1885. That 
fall. 60 students were enrolled, a third of which had already 
been teaching. The school administration also oversaw 
teachers' institutes, two-week summer workshops designed to 
train and update teachers already in the classrooms, at several 
locations around the state, which became an expanding feature 
in Normal's efforts to upgrade Louisiana's public schools. The 
summer institutes would gradually evolve into a summer term. 

Originally, the Normal program was a two-year course of 
which six months was heavily concentrated on the practice of 
teaching and other professional subjects. This was shortly 
lengthened to three years in 1886 and four years in 1892. 
Graduates received a three-year teaching certificate. In a time 
when the importance of public education was just beginning to 
be recognized, there was a great demand for graduates of the 
Normal School. The age of admission was as low as 15 for a 
female student and 16 for a male student. By 1894, Normal 
had sent 148 teachers into Louisiana's public schools. 

The small campus expanded in the early 20th century with 
the construction of new dormitories, classroom and 
administration buildings and athletic and recreational facilities. 
In tandem with this growth, the school's curriculum grew to 
offer courses for specialized areas of teaching such as 
languages, science and math, as well as agriculture, public 
speaking, music and art. In 1906. the school began offering 
graduate courses consisting of advanced work for high school 
instructors, principals and superintendents. 

By 191 1, the school's enrollment was over 1,800, and the 
atmosphere became more collegiate with students participating 
in academic, athletic and extracurricular programs. The school 
had varsity men's and women's baseball, football, track and 
basketball teams. During this time, the Alumni Association 

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established a small loan fund to assist 
students with financial needs. The loans 
were repaid from the graduate's first 
year's earnings and all were repaid 
almost immediately. 

In 1909, the student body elected an 
editorial stall and published the first 
issue of Potpourri. In 1911. the fust 
Normal School band was formed. 

In June I 1 ) 10. about 5.000 alumni, 
guests and state dignitaries convened in 
Natchitoches for a two-day celebration 
marking the schools 25th anniversary. 
Moth the school and the city welcomed 
the visitors with electrical decorations 
and purple and white Hags placed 
throughout the town. The event 
included concerts, banquets, public 
addresses and tours of the campus. By 
then, a majority of parish 
superintendents and many of the 
teachers in I ouisiana schools had 
graduated from Normal or been 
affiliated with the school 

By 1913, the Bullard mansion had 
been condemned ami was dismantled, 
leaving four of the white support 
columns standing. One of the columns 
was razed in 1937. I he three that remain 
standing became an unofficial symbol o\' 
the 20th century institution. 

Normal became authorized to grant 
bachelor's degrees m 1918 and in 1921 
was recognized with a new name: 

I ouisiana state Normal College. 

rhroughoul the l l >2()s. the school's 
curriculum became more diversified and 

admissions standards were laiscd I he 

school initiated correspondence courses 
through an Extension service that also 
helped public schools locate suitable 
teachers, loaned materials to area 
schools at no charge and provided other 
resources specifically aimed at educating 
children in rural areas. In 1927. the 
school was granted accreditation by the 
Southern Association of Col leges and 
Secondary Schools and the American 
Association of Teachers Colleges. 
Major construction programs saw an 
expansion in academic buildings and 
farm facilities, library, dormitories, 
dining facilities and the power plant. 

Main clubs and social groups, 
including Purple Jackets. Blue Key, 
Greek organizations and student 
societies were established during the 
1920s, and athletics became extremely 
popular. In 1923. a contest was held in 
which the student body was united to 
submit suggestions for a mascot, and the 
Demon was introduced in 1924. 

Though funds were restricted during 
the Depression years, academic reforms 
expanded curricula with the addition o\' 
new departments and programs. In the 
late 1930s, a large building project saw 
the construction of Russell I ibrar\ (now 
Russell Hall), renovations to Warren 
Easton Hall (currently the NS1 
Elementary I ab School), rebuilding o\ 
sidewalks and improvements to other 
buildings on campus New buildings in 
1939 included a concrete stadium, an 
athletic dormitory (Caspari), a high 
school and a trade school, both financed 

by the Natchitoches Parish School 
Board, a women's dorm (Varnado), a 
new infirmary and a power plant. Four 
other facilities, a men's gymnasium, a 
fine arts building, student center and 
natatorium, opened in 1940. 

During World War II. enrollment at 
Normal dropped as \oung men went to 
war and main young women chose 
military sen ice or war-related 
employment Several campus activities 
were suspended during the war years but 
a bright spot was the presence of several 
thousand naval cadets who brought to 
the college a military presence and 
related programs. 

In 1944. the Louisiana State Normal 
College became Northwestern State 
College of I ouisiana bj a popularly 
approved constitutional amendment. In 
the post- War years, the school added 
new course offerings, such as pilot 
training and nursing, and restructured 
itself into three schools: I ducation. 
which continued to locus on teacher 
training: \rts and Sciences, which 
offered a liberal or general education, 
ami Applied Arts and Sciences, which 
focused on vocational education such as 
agriculture, business and home 
economics New courses included 
industrial arts. I aim and German 
languages, medical technology and 

The late 1950s, I l >o0s and earls 
1970s were an era of growth for 
Northwestern with the addition of new 
dormitories and administration. 

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academic and athletic buildings. 
Curricula continued to diversify with the 
addition of a Graduate School in 1954. 
In the late 1950s, NSC granted masters 
degrees outside education in the fields of 
English, geography, history, social 
sciences, speech, bacteriology, botany, 
chemistry, mathematics, zoology and 
business administration. Graduate 
offerings in education expanded to 
include the Specialist in Education 
degree and in 1967 the Doctor of 
Education and Doctor of Philosophy in 

Many traditions were begun by 
students during the mid-century years, 
such as freshman scalping, Howdy Days, 
Christmas at Home, the election of Mr. 
and Miss NSC (NSU) and the selection 
of the Lady of the Bracelet. 

In recognition of its growth, public 
service and research endeavors, 
Northwestern State College was 
renamed Northwestern State University 
of Louisiana in 1970. The university 
opened education centers at Fort Polk in 
Leesville and at England Air Force Base 
in Alexandria, and its Shreveport 
campus was expanded. The Folklife 
Center began raising awareness of 
folklife studies and the establishment of 
the Folk Festival. Many building 
projects were completed in the 1970s, 
including the Teacher Education Center, 
the Post Office, the Biological Sciences 
building, Watson Library, Health and 
Physical Education Majors building, the 
new athletic complex and the Rec 



Tell us why you love Northwestern 

2009 is a very special year in the history of our university. We celebrate our 125th 
year of educating tomorrow's leaders. To help mark this special year, we're 
asking for people to tell us "Why I Love NSU." Maybe you met your spouse 
here or a professor helped you to figure out what you really wanted to do in your 
life. Anything that brings back fond memories of NSU is welcome. Send your 
thoughts to the alumni center at 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497 
or submit them online at . We have a special 
section dedicated to the 125th anniversary. Your memory might be included in a 
future edition of the Alumni Columns, posted online or included in a special event 
to commemorate this very, very special year. 

Complex. Along with building, several 
old buildings, Schieb Hall (the Brick 
Shack), Agnes Morris, Audubon, 
Carondelet and Kate Chopin buildings 
were razed. Unfortunately, two of the 
original buildings in the old quad, 
Guardia and Caldwell, burned in 1967 
and 1982, respectively. During those 
years, student life also changed 
dramatically when the school's strict 
rules of conduct were rejected by a 
generation coming of age in an era of 
social activism. But despite more 
relaxed guidelines of behavior, some 
traditions persisted, such as freshmen 
wearing caps to the State Fair game and 
participating in the Freshman Parade and 
pep rally. The week prior to the State 
Fair game against Louisiana Tech 
included the selection of the State Fair 
Queen and her court, pep rallies, the 
burning of the Tech Bulldog and a 
parade in Shreveport. 

NSU became the location of the 
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, 
established in 1972 as a project of the 
Louisiana Sports Writers Association. 
The 1970s also saw the creation of the 
NSU Press and the completion of a new 
Creative and Performing Arts complex. 

In 1984, the university 
commemorated its centennial with year- 
long activities in the "Celebration of a 
Century" that included a Centennial 
Extravaganza, the unveiling of a 
Centennial plaque and the formal 
dedication of the Louisiana School for 
Math, Science and the Arts. 

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, 
Northwestern s academic programming 
continued to evolve to meet the 
changing demands of students. The 
Louisiana Scholars' College was 
established in 1987 as the state's only 
designated honors college. As the world 
moved into a digital age, NSU blazed 
the trail in the field of distance learning. 
Today, a student is as likely to be 
enrolled in an Internet class as a 
traditional class. In the 21st century, the 
school has opened several new 
residential facilities, the Wellness 
Recreation and Activities Center and has 
completed renovation projects on several 
academic facilities. The football 
program marked its 1 00th anniversary in 

Northwestern State University has 
had a tremendous social and economic 
impact in northwest Louisiana and 
beyond. For the last 125 years, the 
school has provided resources for 
educational and cultural opportunities 
and continues into the 21st century with 
its mission of being a student-oriented 
institution that is committed to the 
creation, dissemination, and acquisition 
of knowledge through teaching, research 
and service. 

Information for this article was 
obtained from "Northwestern State 
University of Louisiana: 1884-1984 A 
History" by Dr. Marietta M. LeBreton, 
professor of history, who authored the 
book in conjunction the university s 


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Alumna, 98, reflects on days 
at Normal and other adventures 

Earlinc Hart Andrews attended Louisiana State Normal 
College during a time when girls only left their dormitories at 
prescribed times and students paid a quarter to watch silent 
movies on Saturday evenings. The 98-year-old Tyler, Texas, 
resident spent 43 years as a classroom teacher and said her 
inspiration to travel the world came from a guest who spoke at 
Normal during her student days. Andrews attended Normal 
from 1928-1931 and is one of the schools oldest living 

"Back in those days, it was limited as to what kind of 
career someone could pursue," said Andrews, who grew up in 
east Texas, less than four miles from the Louisiana State line 
and graduated from Vivian High School. "Things were quite 
different. The most sought-after career was teaching." 

She arrived in Natchitoches never having been away from 
home before, but with seven other girls from her class in 
Vivian who had also enrolled for the fall of 1928. Some 
Normal students pursued a 2-year certificate, but Andrews 
followed the four-year curriculum and, by attending summer 
school, was able to earn her degree in three years following the 
schools' quarter system. 

Andrews was awarded her diploma in the heart of the 
Great Depression when jobs were tight and some schools had 
to pay their teachers with "scripts" that didn't always cover 
their salary. She sought employment in an oilfield town near 
El Dorado, Ark. and taught there for four years at a salary of 
SI 20 a month. She returned to Texas in 1934 to teach at 
Overton near Kilgore at a salary of $100 per month and held 
that position for 14 years. She earned a master's degree in 
history at Stephen F. Austin and later retired after teaching in 
Tyler for 26 years. "I was a very dedicated classroom teacher," 

Her memories of Normal include 
campus buildings and codes of 
conduct that arc long gone. 

she said 

"Rules and regulations were tight," she said, "for 
example, if we were going to go into town, we went through a 
social hall to go out and we were only allowed to walk on 
Second Street. Sometimes we went shopping, but not often 
because not main had much money, but on return, we signed 
back in. I he Dean ol Women. Mrs. [Ethel] Hereford, kept us in 
line. We were not allowed to rule m a cat unless our parents 
asked permission to lake us somewhere lot diversion, there 
was a little eating placed called The Corner and we were 
allowed to go there. It was a big deal to get a nickel Coke and 
we'll save up our nickels and get a meat pie for a quarter, lor 

entertainment on the campus, ever) Saturday night, there was a 
silent movie with a young man playing the piano for us thai 
cost a quartet " 

Like many alumni of 
her generation. Andrew s 
recalls her days at 
Normal as a time of 
learning and forming 
close friendships with 
her classmates. Many 
were from rural areas 
and away from home for 
the first time. Because 
trips off-campus were 
limited, the students 
entertained themselv es 
with social and cultural programs, athletic events and recitals. 

"One of the highlights that I remember was the Lyceum 
programs in which the administration brought in speakers and 
entertainers." she said. A lecture by the American adventurer 
and author Richard Halliburton had a strong and lasting 
influence on Andrews and the paths she chose. 

"He had written his 'Book of Man els' and told about his 
travels. He told us about places we had onlv read about. I set 
my goal: when I got a job and enough money. I was going to 
travel. 1 began a lifetime of travel." 

Having only been to and from school and occasionally 
taken the train to Shreveport or Marshall. Texas, Andrews 
decided to visit all 48 states. She and a friend from Normal. 
Nevada Self Salter of Sabine Parish, began the journey with a 
month-long road trip in which the) set out from Many and 
headed east, along the (iulf and Atlantic coast slates, touring 
state capital buildings and other points of interest from 
Mississippi to Maine. Their return trip took them through the 
Midwest and back to Shreveport. It was the first of main trips 
the two would take over the years. Andrews also took summer 
courses at universities in other areas, and one summer she 
worked in the office of a defense plant in southern C ahlornia 
to satisfy her desire to visit that state. She eventually visited all 
4S continental United States and embarked on overseas travel 
in 1967. 

"I took in a lot On my 80th birthday, l was walking on 
the (neat Wall of China. On my 85th I rode a camel in Cairo." 
she said She v isilcd every continent except Antarctica and 
Australia and her interest in the world spilled into her teaching 

"When I was teaching sixth grade, my supervisor had all 
the teachers write a unit of work appropriate lor our levels, so I 
did research and came up with the idea of writing a unit on 
landmarks around the world." I he unit included aspects of 
social studies, spelling, English, geograph) and history, as the 

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Pi Kappa Phi founders reunion draws 50-year member honorees 

Several alumni of Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi 
received 50-year Golden Legion Memberships during a 
December reunion in Natchitoches. Members and the 
years they were initiated into the fraternity are, from left, 
James Brister, 1957; Huey Fitch, 1957; Jack McCain, 
1956; Wayne Faraldo, 1958; Benny Reeves, 1958; and 
Paul Prince, 1958. McCain was recognized as the first 
chapter member initiated in 1956. 

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Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity gathered in 
Natchitoches last December for a Beta Omicron Alumni 
reunion. Participating were, kneeling from left, Paul Prince 
(1961), Don Cook (1958) and John McTyre (1957). On the 
second row are John "Buck" Wheat (1959), Jack McCain 
(1 957), Buck Tumminello (1 960) and Huey Fitch (1 960). On 
the back row are Jim Brister (1960), Billy Plunkett (1958), 
Ducker Varnell (1959), George Cameron (1964) and John 
Mize (1962). Not shown are Charlie Bice, Benney Reeves, 
Wayne Faraldo and John Echols. 

Several Pi Kappa Phi alumni who represented the founding 
members of the Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity 
gathered in Natchitoches last December for a bi-annual reunion 
with their wives. Alumni who were initiated in to the Beta 
Omicron chapter in 1957 and 1958 were honored during the event. 
Jack McCain, who was the very first charter member, initiated in 
the fall of 1956, presented framed Golden Legion 50-year 
membership certificates to five chapter alumni. Also during the 
weekend, the chapter's Ritual Team initiated Joe Sampite, who 
served as major of Natchitoches from 1980-2000, into the 
fraternity as a NSU alumni initiate. 

The group hosted a banquet during which alumni members of 
Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Chi 
Omega were honored. 

Reatha Cox, director of New Student Programs at NSU and a 
representative of the National Panhellenic Conference, presented 
50-year membership certificates to seven wives of the Pi Kappa 
Phi alumni who were initiated into their sororities during the same 

Members of Pi Kappa Phi recognized their significant others by 
presenting them with 50-year member certificates for their 
respective sororities. From left are Mary Beth Person McCain, 
Chi Omega; Mildred Eckhardt McTyre, Tri Sigma (1957, 1965); 
Gloria Lawley Echols, Alpha Sigma Alpha (1957); Clois Warner 
Witt, Alpha Sigma Alpha (1957); Reatha Cole Cox.Tri Sigma 
(1987, 1994), who made the presentations on behalf of the 
National Panhellenic Conference; Peggy Kerr Plunkett, Alpha 
Sigma Alpha (1957, 1992); Sue Weir Rainer, Tri Sigma (1960), 
and Sylvia George Murphy, Tri Sigma. 

Former members of Purple Jackets gathered for a reunion during Homecoming festivities last October. The occasion was 
organized by Purple Jackets sponsor Frances Watkins Conine. Kneeling from left are current Purple Jackets Ronderia 
Walker and Kacy Brown. Seated are Juanita Thornton (1958), Katina Manitzas Borras (1957), Wanda Huhner Ford (1986), 
Rhetta Strickland Poole (1950), Sandra Methvin Melder (1980), Frances Elouise Sanders (1949), and Mamie Melton 
Younger (1949). Standing are June Wallace Dyson (1950), Marie Cloutier Legrande (1949), Margaret Ann Nolan King 
(1960), Pat Miley Ogelsby (1959), Melba Rogers Williamson (1964), Patsy Louise Black (1978), Mary Ruth Bradley Corley 
(1967), Brenda Stanly Bealer (1971), Winnie Dowden Wyatt (1953), Kaye Mcintosh Payne (1963), Judge Patricia Carrier 
Cole (1793), and Cecilia Bess Miller (1966). 

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Earline Mart Andrews continued from page 4 

children wrote reports and 
made notebooks on their 
topics. Years later, one of 
Andrews' former students 
acknowledged her in a travel 
book he authored, citing her 

Those faraway 
places were a long 
way from Normal, 
where students ate in 
a common dining 
room, slept on 
sleeping porches and 
were called to rise in 
the morning, take 
meals and go to class 
with the ringing of 
the plantation bell. 

as inspiring him to explore 
the world. 

She remembered 
Normal President Dr. V.L. 
Roy, English teacher Ralph 
Ropp. Dean Edwards 
Varnado, librarian Scharlie 
Russell and Coach 1 1. Lee 
Prather. A favorite history 
teacher was Mrs. [Catherine 
\\ inters. Andrews not onl\ 
earned a minor in history, but 
also majored in music and she 
remembered several teachers. 
including a Blanche fay, who 
directed the choir at the First 
Hapl ist ( lunch, her sister 
I ranees, Lillian McCook and 
band director ( filbert Saetre. 

All students, w ith no 

exception, were required to 
take two semesters ol 
penmanship classes, using the 
Palmer w riting Book. 

"It didn't apph to your 
degree, but you could not 

graduate unless you passed 

the penmanship course and 
some of the boys had to staj 

in that class.'' she 

"In all departments, we 

had good faculty." she said. 

Students were housed m 
dormitories A through D and 
the overflow slept in wooden 
buildings called The Camps. 
Andrews last visited campus 
about 1 years ago and 
recognized only two 
buildings, the former 
president's home, now the 
Alumni Center, and the 
gymnasium that now houses 
the National Center for 
Preservation Technology and 
Training. Most classes 
Andrews attended were in 
Caldwell Hall and she 
remembered the columns, 
which still loom over the 

In Andrews' day. students 
canoed on Chaplin's Lake and 
attended basketball games at 

"We were not allowed to 
leave the dorms until the bell 
rang; then we would hustle 
over to the gym to try to get a 
good seat." she said. "The 
Lyceum programs were all 
wonderful and cultural and 
the music department 
performed recitals. We were 
very serious about our 
studies, but we surelv did 
walk the line because we 
didn't want to be shipped 

Lea\ ing the dorm early 
or going off campus were 
major offenses. On Sundays 
the students walked to church. 

"Some of us who were 
Methodist, would walk 
straight on past the Methodist 
church to the Baptist church 
or the Catholic church, just 
because we wanted to go as 
far from campus as we 
COUld," she said. 

of her travels, Andrews 

has man) stories 

"I made it a point that 
when I would gel to a city, I 
would go to the museums, 
then the major buildings and 
the beautiful cathedrals I 

followed the history path and 
the culture of the people, 
which was and still is my 
interest."' she said. ""Now. I 
more or less travel \ icariously 
but I still read books and 
maps. At one time I thought 
I'd write my memoirs, but it 
seemed like everybody else 
was doing that." 

She has notebooks that 
contain her impressions of 
Russia. Bangkok. Singapore. 
Japan. Istanbul. Scandinavia 
and many islands, but laments 
that people overlook traveling 
in the United States. 

"They take off to Europe 
and haven't traveled 
anywhere in our great 
country." she said. 

In more recent years. 
Andrews haunted libraries all 
over the country conducting 
genealogy research and 
tracing her ancestors to the 
500s. She is active in DAR. 
Colonial Dames and the 
Magna C'harta society. 
Genealogy research, she said, 
stimulates the mind and her 
mental outlook is a verv 
important factor in her health. 

"I am still mobile, still 
health} and the grav matter is 
still working." said Andrews, 
whose husband is deceased. 
She had no children, but has 
attentive nieces. "M> mental 
outlook is that there is good 
m everything and I look for 
the positive side I found one 
thing in accelerated \ears: 
the one word that has tided 
me through is acceptance. If 
adverse things occur, if I can't 
do anything about them. I 
think 'This is today, I live 
todav and tomorrow I'll face 
it.' It took me a long tunc to 
learn the word acceptance 
I verj com has two sides It's 
nn wa> of life I still live 
alone and take care of m) 
business ,\\n\ all nn financial 
matters and am plagued onl\ 
b\ poor eyesight." 

Nevada Self Salter and 
Earline Hart Andrews stand 
in front of one of the old 
dormitories on Normal Hill. 

Her years in the 
classroom were rewarding. "I 
have very pleasant memories. 
One thing I have at the tender 
age of 98 is that in the last 15 
>ears. more and more of mj 
former students have started 
looking me up. \ isitmg me 
and sending me cards." 

Throughout her teaching 
years, Andrews enjoyed being 
around voting people, who 
kept her in touch with a 
changing society W hen 
faced with a problem student, 
she always found the 
student's good traits and 
pointed them out in direct and 
indirect ways. 

"Those children would 
become the ones who would 
remember me and seek me 
out now." she said. "Ever) 
person has some good trait, 
even though sometimes it is 
hard to locate. \l\ students 
said I was firm but fair. I had 
a high level of expectation 
and I constantly raised m> 

standards to have the students 
grasping for higher levels." 
Andrews 1 independent 
spirit and w illmgness to do 
things on her own helped her 
fulfill her dream of traveling 
the world. She reflects fondlv 
on her long life and sums up 
her optimistic outlook with a 
single phrase: "I [itch your 
wagon to a star, keep your 
seat and there you are." 

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Joe Moreau ( 1976), who built a 
cross country dynasty at Pineville High 
School in the 1990s and coached 
Alexandria Senior High to state runner-up 
cross country boys and girls finishes from 
1994-97, was honored in January with a 
Lifetime Achievement Award from the 
Louisiana Track and Field Coaches 

Moreau was one of three men 
presented with Lifetime Achievement 
Awards at the LTFCA awards luncheon in 

An Alexandria Senior High graduate, 
Moreau coached at ASH and Bolton before 
building a cross-country dynasty at 
Pineville High (1985-1995). Moreau s 
teams at Pineville won Class 4A state 
championships in cross-country in 1990, 
1991. 1992 and 1993. He also coached 
Pineville to two state track and field titles 
in 1993 and '94. 

Moreau's teams won 1 regional 4A 
championships and 1 1 district titles in 
track, while capturing 14 district cross 
country championships. He coached 17 
individual state champions and developed 
three NCAA All-Americans. He won 25 
district coach of the year honors and was 
named Louisiana's prep coach of the year 
in 1993. 

Moreau served as president of the 
LTFCA from 2000-2002. 

Class of 1957 near 
professorship goal 

Members of the class of 1957 
have nearly reached their goal of 
raising $40,000 to fulfill the Class of 
1957 Endowed Professorship. More 
than $32,000 has been contributed to 
the endeavor, which class members 
established in 2007 to commemorate 
the golden jubilee of their graduation. 
The group is the first graduating class 
to establish an endowed gift. 

Donations are still being accepted 
as the group strives to meet its goal, 
which will be matched with $60,0000 
from the State of Louisiana Board of 
Regents. To support the endowed 
professorship, contact: 
Jill Bankston at (318) 357-4241 or 
Dr. Virginia Crossno at (3 1 8) 357-4 1 08. 

Eric A. DeFratis (1999) penned a 
superhero science fiction story, "Shadows 
of Patriotism," and has been featured at 
area book-signings. For information about 
the book, send an e-mail to . 

Dr. J. Michael "Mike" Miller of 

Dunwoody, Ga., was named the 2009 
recipient of the American Society for 
Microbiology Founders Distinguished 
Service Award. 

ASM is the largest life sciences 
organization in the world with over 43,000 
members. Miller is chief of the 
Bioterrorism Lab Response Branch at the 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention 
in Atlanta, Ga. 

Each year, a recipient is selected 
based on outstanding contributions and 
commitment to the ASM as a volunteer at 
the national level. Selection is based on 
commitment to furthering the goals of 
ASM, the ability to inspire commitment 
from others and the significance of 
contributions to the members of ASM and 
its audiences. 

One of the most recognizable names 
in clinical microbiology in the world. 
Miller was recognized by his peers in 2003 
as the nation s top clinical microbiologist 
with the bioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award 
for Leadership and Innovation in Clinical 
Microbiology from among over 7,3000 
clinical microbiology members of ASM. 
He is sought after as a speaker throughout 
the U.S. on microbiology, infectious 
disease diagnosis, laboratory safety and 
patient specimen management. 

Miller is a native of Winnfield who 
earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in 
microbiology from Northwestern in 1 967 

and 1970 respectively and his Ph.D. from 
the University of Texas Health Science 
Center in San Antonio. He is a 3-year 
Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Army. He 
is married to the former Ginger Foshee, a 
Mansfield native, who also earned 
bachelors and master's degrees at 
Northwestern in 1969 and 1972 and is a 
former Miss Northwestern. They have 
three children. In 2004, Dr. Miller was 
inducted into the Long Purple Line, NSU's 
alumni hall of distinction. 

Woody Schick 

The board 
of directors of 
Citizens National 
Bank elected 
veteran banker 
Woody C. Schick 
as president and 
chief executive 
officer. Schick, a 
native of 
succeeded retiring 
President Ronnie D. 
Sheffield and CEO Will C. Hubbard. 

Schick has 35 years of banking 
experience in the Shreveport banking 
market. Prior to joining Citizens National 
Bank, Schick served as senior vice 
president and business banking manager of 
CapitalOne Northwest Louisiana. 

He is a 1972 graduate of 
Northwestern, where he was a four-year 
letterman in baseball and a member of 
Who's Who in American Colleges and 
Universities. He was elected to the NSU 
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. He is also 
a graduate of the Stonier School of 
Banking at Rutgers University in New 
Brunswick, New Jersey. 

College of Education seeking nominations 
for Hall of Distinguished Educators 

Northwestern's College of Education Alumni Advisory Board is seeking nominations for its 
Hall of Distinguished Educators for 2009. Nominees must have graduated from NSU's 
College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination. The inductees will participate in 
NSU Homecoming activities this fall. 

To nominate an outstanding alumnus who has had a distinguished career in education, 
send the nominee's resume or other documentation outlining the reason for the nomination 
to Donna Perot, NSU College of Education, Teacher Education Center, Natchitoches, LA 
71497. For more information, call (318) 357-6288 or email Perot at 

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A I l \l\l (i Mill RINGS 

Tunks Cypress Inn Alumni Gathering 

Alumni and friends gathered 

at Tunks Cypress Inn 
last fall for a wonderful meal. 

Mary Guillory, Caitlin Guillory 
and Michael Guillory (1992) 

Regimental Ball 
set for May 2 

An exciting addition to the NSU 
events calendar will be the first 
Regimental Ball. The Ball is 
scheduled for Saturday. May 2 at the 
Student Union. The event is formal 
and will be open to the public and will 
be hosted by the Northwestern State 
Demon Regiment (NDR). 

"This is an opportunity for 
everyone to participate in a traditional 
military ball and be a part of several 
historic traditions," said LTC Lee 
Pennington. The event will include 
pictures made during a social hour, 
an official receiving line, posting of 
the Colors, toasts, a tribute to Fallen 
Soldiers and recognition of well- 
known officers who graduated from 
the NSU ROTC program and earned 
a place in the NDR Hall of Fame. The 
ball will conclude with the singing of 
the Army Song followed by dancing 
and a live band. 

"Guests will also share in the 
tradition of receiving keepsakes, skits 
and having a wonderful dinner, 
making for an overall memorable and 
inspiring evening." Pennington said. 

Tickets to the regimental ball are 
$40. RSVPs can be made by 
contacting Christie Price at 357-5157 
or e-mailing 

Hope Sansing (1950) and 
Martha Catha (1951) 

Jessica Guillory and 
Brian Setliff (2001) 

Frances Tennie (2005) and 
Pat Deal (2005) 

Don Page (1974). Ruth Page. 

Sidney Bankston (1959). 

Nell Bankston (1961) and 

Doc Bankston (1957) 

Northwestern going Green with health and 
environmental initiatives campus-wide 

In an effort to be more energy 
efficient and environmentally responsible. 
Northwestern has launched a green 
initiative. NSU Green, a program that 
encourages students and staff to make 
small changes that save encrgv and 
promote a health) lifestyle, such as 
recycling, walking instead of driving and 
pursuing service projects that are aligned 
vv ith green concepts. 

"I ucigv conservation, sustainability 
and related green activities are now at the 
forefront of national attention." said NSU 
Presidenl Dr. Randall .1. Webb. "NSU is 
exploring options to excite and involve 
faculty, stall and students m these 

I asi year, a campus survej conducted 
bv \ ice President for I Diversity \ Hairs 
Dr. Marcus Jones and Service I earning 
Director Sieve Gruesbeck revealed that 
concerns about conservation are both 
personal and global Consequently, NSU 
Green includes not onlj campus 
beautification, bul also volunteerism, civic 
engagement, service learning and career 
development Gruesbeck is interested in 
coordinating volunteer efforts that 
enhance students' fields of stud) 

"(iioup projects .\^<-\ senior level 

classes lend themselves well to service 
learning."' Gruesbeck said. Undergraduate 
and graduate student research projects 
across the curriculum are addressing green 
topics such as sustainability, recycling, 
environmental protection and local, 
organic farming. 

In tandem with NSU Green's 
paperless initiative, the Alumni (.'enter 
invites readers who prefer to read Alumni 
Columns on-line to \ isil 
where issues arc available in a 
downloadable pdf file. Current and back 
issues will be available for viewing. 

"We want to do our part in promoting 
the university's sustainabilit) efforts and 
arc offering our alumni the option to go 
paperless bv posting the magazine on- 
line." said Drake Owens, director of 
Alumni and Development. "If you prefer 
this paperless method, please notifv the 
office b> calling (318) 357-4414. Readers 
will be notified via e-mail when each 
issue becomes available If you choose the 
paperless option, hard copies will siill be 
available upon request" 

"Northwestern encourages education. 
research and action focused on the 
environment, encrgv conservation and 
sustainability," ( iruesbeck said. 

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Foundation News 

Darline Kennedy scholarship honors long-time educator 

Donald Kennedy of Shreveport has 
created an endowed scholarship at 
Northwestern State University to benefit 
an education major through a donation 
to the NSU Foundation. The Darline 
Elizabeth Corley Kennedy Endowed 
Scholarship in Education was 
established in honor of the donor's wife, 
who graduated from NSU in the early 
1940s and enjoyed a long career as a 

Mrs. Kennedy, also of Shreveport, 
grew up in the Toro community in rural 
Sabine Parish. After graduating from 
Northwestern, she taught in Beauregard 
and Sabine parishes before moving to 
Caddo Parish. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy 
met on Jan. 1, 1946, the first day they 
each reported for their teaching jobs at 
Greenwood. After moving to Shreveport 
in 1950, Mrs. Kennedy taught at several 
schools in Caddo and Bossier parishes, 
including Fair Park, Byrd and 
Broadmoor Jr. High. 

"She was a very, very good 
teacher," said Mr. Kennedy, a retired 

The Darline Elizabeth Corley Kennedy Endowed Scholarship was 
created by Donald Kennedy of Shreveport to honor his wife. From left 
are Lee Kennedy Jr., Donald Kennedy and Kenny Kennedy. 

Caddo Parish superintendent of schools. 
"She was never without a teaching 
position for more than few minutes after 
she let it be known she was available. 
She was an outstanding teacher." 

Kennedy hopes that in today's 
difficult economic times, his 
contribution will help a deserving 
student fulfill their goal of becoming an 

Pierce establishes scholarships for education, athletics 

Mrs. Regina Pierce of Natchitoches 
has contributed $20,000 to NSU to 
establish two endowed scholarships. 
One of the endowments will benefit 
students in the College of Education, 
and the other is for the Athletics 
Department scholarship fund for 

A 1988 graduate of Northwestern 's 
College of Education and a teacher in 
the Natchitoches Parish School System, 
Mrs. Pierce created the Pierce-Bruce 
Endowed Scholarship to assist students 
who are preparing to become teachers. 

Drake Owens, executive director of 
the NSU Foundation, said scholarship 
funds provided by the Pierce-Bruce 
endowment will be used to help attract 
and retain students from large families in 
rural areas who pursue careers in the 
teaching profession. 

Mrs. Pierce, one of eight children 
and a Coushatta High School graduate, 
said the Pierce-Bruce scholarships will 
be designated for members of large rural 
families "because I realize how difficult 

it is for some of those students to obtain 
funding to enroll or remain in college." 

She said scholarships created by the 
endowment will be named Pierce-Bruce 
Scholarships in honor of her seven 
brothers and sisters in the Bruce family, 
Reginald Bruce of Haughton, Don Bruce 
of Leesville, Richard Bruce of 
Marthaville, Bob Bruce of St. Augustine, 
Fla., Diane Bruce of Natchitoches, 
Janice Morvan of Logansport and David 
Bruce of Doyline. 

"They provided me strong support 
through the years and made numerous 
personal sacrifices to assist me in 
achieving my goals of obtaining a 
college degree and becoming a teacher," 
Mrs. Pierce said. "It is my hope that 
other students for years to come will 
benefit from the scholarships that reflect 
the esteem and respect that I have for my 
brothers and sisters." 

Funds Mrs. Pierce donated to the 
Athletics Department will establish the 
Jerry and Regina Pierce Endowed 
Scholarships in Athletics. Mrs. Pierce's 

Jerry and Regina Pierce 

husband, Jerry Pierce, is Vice-President 
for External Affairs at NSU. Athletics is 
part of the External Affairs area at the 

Endowed scholarships provide 
perpetual benefits to the university, 
because funds contributed by donors 
remain intact and only interest accrued 
from investment of the gifts is used for 

Alumni Columns Spring 2009 / 9 


Peveto returns to NSU as head football coach 

In their days playing for Southland 
Conference championship football 
teams at Northwestern a decade ago. 
Rob Robertson and Brian Whaley used 
to enjoj listening to pregame and 
hall'time motivational talks by assistant 
coach Bradlej Dale Peveto. 

The\ had to sneak into those 
meetings. Peveto was the Demons' 
defensive coordinator from 1996-98 
under venerable head coach Sam 
Goodwin. Robertson, a fullback, and 
Whaley, a lineman, played on offense. 
They weren't invited to the defensive 

But they had to sneak in whenever 

"We hail some great coaches here, 
and we all loved Coach Goodwin." said 
Whaley. "But the way Coach Peve 
could reach out and inspire each and 
ever) one of us was something special." 

"One thing is for sure." said 
Robertson. "He will get the maximum 
potential out of his players." 

Peveto, 47. was named the Demons' 
new head football coach on Dec. 17. He 
came from LSU, where he was the 
linebackers coach for the past four 
seasons, including the 2007 Tigers' team 
that won the BCS National 
Championship with a Sugar Bowl win 
over Ohio State. He was introduced on 
campus Dec. 22 in a rousing press 
conference attended by about 250 
friends and NSU supporters, then 
returned to finish his coaching duties at 
LSU as co-defensive coordinator by 
helping the Tigers win the Chick I'il-A 

Bowl over 14 -ranked Georgia Tech in 
dominating fashion on New Year's Eve. 

His decision to pursue and 
ultimately accept the Northwestern head 
coaching position raised some eyebrows. 
Skeptics wondered why a coach would 

step out a\ the high-profile, big dollar 

world ot the Southeastern Conference to 
become a head coach at a smaller 

I )i\ ision 1 state university. 

Part of the reason, said PevetO, was 
ambition His laic lathci was a legendary 
high school head coach in ( hangclicld. 

Texas, Hi miles west oi the I ouisiana 

border and 15 miles east ol Beaumont. 
Bradlej Dale started as a hallho\ loi his 

dad's team, hanging out m the field 

During last December's press conference to annouce his new position of head football 
coach, Bradley Dale Peveto asked Sam Goodwin, as well as the general assembly, to 
join him in singing the NSU fight song. 

house and riding the "old yellow dog," 
as they called the team bus. to games 
with his father. 

Two of his three brothers. Jeff and 
Garey Birt. are high school coaches in 
southeast Texas. To say their father had 
a strong influence is understating the 

Peveto has been an assistant coach 
for 21 seasons on the college level. 
beginning at Trinity Valley Community 
College. He's also worked at Southern 
Mississippi, Arkansas, Houston and 
Middle Tennessee before coaching and 
winning four bowl games at LSU. 
When the Northwestern job opened after 
lasi season, it tugged at Peveto 's heart. If 
he was ever going to he a head coach, it 
was time to take thai step. A year earlier, 
he had been a prime candidate for the 
head job at his alma mater. SMI', but 
Hawaii coach June Jones got the nod 
after leading the Rainbows to the Sugar 

The allure of returning to 
Northwestern and Natchitoches was \cr\ 
strong for PevetO and his wife. Melissa, 
who treasured then previous Stay. 

"I'm glad to be back home. There's 
a lot o\ jobs out there, but where do >ou 
want to live? 1 love I ouisiana. 1 line 
Natchitoches. Is there a better job m the 
country? I don't think so." 

\ reporter from Peveto's hometown 
newspaper interviewed him before the 

2007 Sugar Bow I.. it Media l)a> for the 
national championship game. He asked 

an obvious question: is this the highlight 
of your coaching career? 

Remarkably, it wasn't, and still 
isn't. As fantastic as that experience was. 
and as much as Peveto enjoyed his four 
seasons at LSI', he maintains his 
favorite coaching memory is the 1997 
season with the Demons. 

"That team came through so much, 
not just developing into a championship 
team when we were 2-3 and just 
thorough!) whipped at McNeese in the 
middle of our season." he recalled. 
"Coach Goodwin did such an amazing 
job of being positive and confident in 
the days alter that game and we all led 
off of him. We didn't lose another game. 
and the) tore the goalposts down in 
Turpi n Stadium and carried them 
downtown alter we beat Stephen T. 
Austin to win the conference 

"That was great, but what that team 
dealt with outside of football, I've never 
been around a closet group. We had an 
offensive lineman. Ja\ Olive, and he and 
his wile lost their little bab) son to crib 
death during preseason camp. We had 
another player whose lamil\ 's home 
burned down. We had other faniiK 
tragedies. We hail some heartbreaking 
injuries ami we had guys who just had to 
gut it out and get us through." he said 

"YOU talk about triumph, that was a 
season when we had a triumph of will." 
he said. "Winning that national 

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Northwestern's first All-America athlete, Walter Ledet, was recognized by 
the NSU athletic department after celebrating his 90th birthday Jan. 2 
and received a standing ovation from the crowd at an NSU basketball 
game. An Abbeville native, Ledet was a football All-American as an 
offensive guard in his senior season of 1938. He turned down an offer to 
play in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles to accept a coaching position 
under Harry Turpin at his alma mater. After leaving coaching, he served 
as the university's registrar until his retirement. He and his wife Betty 
remain active in the community. NSU's track and field complex is named 
in honor of Ledet's tenure as head coach of that sport. From left are NSU 
Athletic Director Greg Burke, Ledet and Dr. William Broussard presenting 
the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member with a birthday gift. 

championship at LSU. you bet it 
was special and I'm so very proud 
of those players and being part of 
that team. What a great thrill. But 
what our team accomplished, 
considering all of the 
circumstances, here in 1997 is 
without a doubt my greatest thrill 
in coaching." 

Those who have played for. 
and worked with. Peveto attest to 

Coach Peveto and his wife, 

Melissa, look forward to rejoining 

the Natchitoches community. 

his magnetism and seemingly boundless enthusiasm, along with a tireless 
work ethic. Goodwin recalls routinely getting to the office before sunrise 
and finding Peveto already on his second or third cup of coffee. 

"He is the most passionate coach that I have ever played for. both in 
his approach to the game and his passion for his players." said Lanny 
Lawrence, a linebacker for Peveto with the Demons. "Coach Peveto always 
had a way of instilling pride in what we were trying to accomplish as a unit 
and no one wanted to be the weakest link in that endeavor." 

"The thing that always stuck out in my mind about Bradley Dale is that 
what he took to the field as a coach was exactly the kind of intensity you 
want your players to bring." said Goodwin. "They see him working that 
hard and caring that much and that affects them. He relates as well to kids 
as any coach I've ever been around, and they'll fight tooth and nail for him 
because he's such a good motivator." 

He's fond of introducing his wife Melissa to groups, as he did at his 
introduction as the Demons' coach, and saying, ''obviously, looking at me 
and looking at Melissa, you can tell I'm a pretty good recruiter." 

He's eager to get Melissa and their two children. 6-year-old Payton 
Marie and 3-year-old Jacob Edward (whose middle name honors Peveto's 
father, "Big Ed"), settled in Natchitoches. 

Coach Leon Johnson 

LHS AA honors Johnson 
for Distinguished Service 

venerable track and 
field coach Leon 
Johnson received a 
Service Award from 
the Louisiana High 
School Athletic 
Association during 
the LHSAA's 
annual convention in January. 

Johnson, in his 27th season as the 
Demons' coach, has taken the lead role as 
NSU played host to the LHSAA's all- 
classifications state cross country meet each 
November for the last two decades. 

Along with the administrative duties 
surrounding the event, Johnson and his staff 
have been responsible each year for 
establishing the 3-mile course winding 
through the west side of the NSU campus. 
They build a staff of roughly 100 officials to 
oversee the competition, as well as the NSU 
staff handing the timing and traffic at the 
finish line. 

The event annually draws thousands of 
competitors and fans to the NSU campus in 
mid-November. NSU also hosts a warm-up 
competition in October so high schools 
around the state can get a preview of the 
campus and course. 

"Leon has been a tremendous help to us 
with the state cross country meet over the 
years, going beyond the call of duty, above 
and beyond what he needed to do," said B.J. 
Guzzardo, assistant commissioner of the 

Johnson was one of the states most 
accomplished high school coaches before 
being appointed head coach at Northwestern 
in the fall of 1982. He won four state track 
and field competitions and had four state 
runner-up finishes, two in cross country, at 
DeRidder and Opelousas. 

"It's been a lot of fun," Johnson said. "I 
appreciate the honor. It's something I was a 
little surprised with. I know it's something I 
will cherish as long as I live, to know that 
you're being recognized by your peers." 

Johnson has the second-longest tenure 
of any Northwestern head coach in any 
sport, topped only by the 36 seasons that H. 
Lee Prather was the Demons' basketball 
coach (1913-50). 

Alumni Columns Spring 2009 / 11 

Ai i mm Updates 

New alumni website offering 
information on student 
groups and area chapters 

Staff at the Office of Alumni hope readers have had a 
chance to \isit the new NSU alumni website, Since the last edition of 
Alumni Columns was published, hundreds of alumni have 
logged on and connected \\ ith their Demon friends. Visitors 
can read about new events in the lives of our alumni in the 
Class Notes section and see several alumni in the My Photos 

A different area of the website will be highlighted in each 
issue of Alumni Columns to let readers know about new- 
features as they arc added. 


Many students enhanced their time at NSU by joining a 
social or business group, whether by joining a fraternity or 
sorority, the SON. Student Activities Board. SGA or Purple 
Jackets. There is a special section on the website dedicated for 
alumni of these groups. Though the list is incomplete, it is 
growing every day. Readers are encouraged to notify the 
website administrator if a group in which they were a member 
has not yet been listed. Once visitors have logged into their 
groups, they will be able to view calendars of events, photos 
and other information only open to members. 

Alumni Chapters 

The Office of Alumni is constantly seeking to enhance area 
chapters and has devoted a specific section of the website for 
that purpose. Once visitors have logged on. they can go to the 
Chapters section and click on the one for their area. If one has 
not been established in a nearby area, please contact the Alumni 
Office about starting one. In the future, upcoming area events 
will be available on each chapter's page. The goal is to 
established strong, vibrant chapters in places where NSU 
alumni can network, social i/e and reconnect. Anyone interested 
in helping plan area chapter events can contact the Office o\' 
\lumni and Development at (31S) 357-4414. 

A Celebration 

coming this June! 

Check our website for 
date, time and details 

late this spring. 

Northwestern State University 

Office of Alumni and Development 



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Alumni Columns Spring 2009 /_' 

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Lois Belle Gellatly 
Salter is retired and 
lives in Houston, 


Melva Marie Maxey is 
a retired teacher and 
lives in Lake Charles. 


T.J. Lewis is retired 
and lives in Baton 


James E. Frazier is 
retired, married and lives 
in Hurricane, W. Va. 

Anne Torrans is retired 
and lives in 


Barbara S. Garrene is 
retired and lives in 


Charles R. Whitehead 
Jr. is a senior partner 
at Whitehead Law 
Offices, married to 
Martha Kay Whitehead 
(1980) and lives in 

Bob Johnson is retired 
and manages rental 
properties, married to 
Nancy Kaizer Johnson 
(1978) and lives in 
Bossier City. 

Jerry B. Smith is a real 
estate agent, author, 
married and lives in 
Dallas, Texas. 


Richard Earl Norred is 
retired and lives in 
Houston, Texas. 


Tim L. Berry is retired 
and lives in S.C. 


Coletta Marie 
Wilkinson Stewart is 
retired, married and 
lives in Snellville, Ga. 


Rosemary Gwinn 
Hubbs Ring is the 
director/pianist at 
FBC/Panama City 
Beach, married and 
lives in Panama City 
Beach, Fla. 


Janice Joy Neck Miller 
is employed by the 
Louisiana Military 
Department Youth 
Challenge Program as 
an instructor. She is 
married to David 0. 
Miller (1971) and lives 
in Pineville. 


Michael Allen 
Delcambre is 
employed by Frisco 
Independent School 
District as a teacher 
and coach, married 
and lives in Frisco, 


Raymond V. Hammond 
is a top operator for 
Conoco-Phillips and 
co-owner of Econo 
Travel Agency, married 
and lives in Westlake. 


Dr. W. Bryan Talley is 
retired from San 
Jacinto College and 
lives in Houston, 

LaToria L. Willis 

LaToria Willis is one of a handful of young professionals who plan to 
build their lives and careers in post-Katrina New Orleans. The Shreveport 
native moved to New Orleans in November 2005 and is establishing herself 
as a service leader in her adopted city. 

Willis earned a degree in mathematics at NSU in 2000. During her 
student years, she was a member of Shreveport Green/ShreveCorps, an 
ameriCorps program, in which she worked on community projects that 
involved helping the elderly and the handicapped. After her service years 
ended, she became crew leader and assistant program director. 

"When Hurricane Katrina happened, I was trying to figure out how I 
could help," she said. "I got a call from the Greater New Orleans 
Foundation's vice president of programs asking if I was interested in moving 
to New Orleans to work with the Rebuild Fund." 

She began as a grants manager for the Foundation, working with 
nonprofit groups to identify their IRS compliance, reporting requirements 
and other issues, which Willis described as "boring things." 

"As time went on, I started helping with partnering national foundations 
to local nonprofits working to rebuild the city," she explained. "As the 
foundation started to get more strategic about how to make grants, I shifted 
to working with the local community that wanted to make investments in 
rebuilding, so I was promoted to manager of donor relations." 

Prior to moving to New Orleans, Willis had only visited the city for 
Mardi Gras. 

"I was very afraid to move. I left my entire family to come to the 
unknown," she said. "I heard horror stories but found that New Orleans is a 
great city. It is very addictive. Now, I can't imagine living anywhere else." 

At NSU, Willis was involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Eta Chi 
Chapter. She remembered a favorite professor, Dr. Gary White. 

"I remember dreading taking Dr. White for physics because everyone 
said he was so hard, but when I had his class, I loved it. I actually became 
very interested and even got a minor in physics." 

Willis has observed many positive changes in New Orleans but 
acknowledges there is still plenty of work to be done. 

"When I moved here, there were no streetlights and most places in the 
city were still closed. There were no schools. The city is still not back and 
it will probably never be the same, but this city is almost 300 years old and 
it will definitely be better," she said. "So many people around the world 
have invested in this city coming back. The conventions are coming. There 
have been major changes in education. I'm really excited about the 
potential the city has." 

Willis has also begun work with a community volunteer organization 
called Young Leadership Council. Their mission is to attract and retain 
young professionals to the city through service projects and becoming 
leaders in the city. 

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Dr. Margaret F. Land 

Dr. Margaret F. Land, co-owner and biostatistician of 
fexas I m ironmental Studies and Analysis, has built a 
career around research and respect for the environment. 
Land was chosen in 2007 by the Climate Project and 
trained by Al Gore and his team on the science of climate 
change and gives free presentations on climate change and 
solutions. Land is a retired professor of statistics at Texas 
A & M University-Kingsville. where she resides. She is 
co-owner and biostatistician for Texas Environmental 
Studies and Analysis in which she collaborates on 
environmental studies, including studies for wind farms in 
Ninth America and other environmental endeavors. Since 
the 1960s, she has been a consultant for researchers in 
fields ranging from avian studies to zoology. 

Land earned a BS in math in 1963 and a master's in 
1967 at Northwestern. She later earned a Ph.D. in 
statistics from Oklahoma State University. She is fluent in 
Spanish and is a voting member of the Chickasaw Nation. 

"I grew up with my grandparents on their farm near 
Norman. Okla." Land said. "Their Native American 
heritage showed in their respect to the environment. With 
my grandmother. I learned the local birds and plants. With 
( iiaiulpa. I learned much of the history he had lived time 
with his Chickasaw family, government-sponsored (forced) 
boarding school, life in the West a century ago. He 
instilled in me an optimistic attitude. They gave me 
abundantly that of which they had had so little - 
opportunity for an education." 

At age 19, Land's ecological studies included field 
research on tropical birds in remote areas of Guatemala, 
assisting her first husband. Hugh Land, in research for his 
dissertation and data collection for his book "Buds o\~ 
Guatemala." She was later a Fulbright Scholar and lecturer 
m Venezuela, teaching statistics in Spanish and serving as 
a consultant. 

"doing to Guatemala at age 19, living in tents or 
primitive dwellings in humid jungle, rain forest, cloud 
forest and arid country, was a life-changing experience. 
I ven with malaria. Hepatitis A and more, it was a \ibrant 
time of significant learning," she said. "Since that first 
year in Guatemala, for me, Spanish has been a bridge to 

local people and places otherwise unknowable. Spanish 
skills also enable us to learn from the local people about 
native fauna." 

Alumni Profile 

Land's first husband. Hugh Land, was a professor of 
biology at Northwestern when he died of Hodgkin's 
disease in December 1968. 

"The faculty and staff were so kind and helpful during 
the difficult time of Hugh's illness and after his death. I 
remain forever grateful." Land said. "My three children 
and I, not yet 30, moved to Stillwater. Okla.. and I pursued 
the Ph.D. in statistics. I did not know we couldn't do it." 

She and Hugh moved to Natchitoches from Concord 
College in 1962 and she took classes necessarv to 
complete her undergraduate degree at Northwestern in 
1963. including a computer science class under Dr. Bobby 
Waldron. who was also her advisor. She completed her 
masters in 1967. the first person in her family to do so. 
Her daughter. Stephanie, was born just as she was 
finishing her last class in statistics 

"It took three babies, three colleges and five years to 
complete," she said. "I was very, very disciplined." 

"I was always interested in environmental issues." she 
said of her involvement with The Climate Project. "The 
goal is to get people to understand the problem and go do 
something about it." 

The Climate Project trains individuals worldwide. 
"They choose people from man) different backgrounds, 
even children, but the fact I had a background in science 
and quantitative work did give me credibility in analyzing 
data. Through my statistical work. I had collaborated with 
people who do studies on birds, wildlife, psvchologv and 
other life sciences." 

After beginning her teaching career at Oklahoma 
State, she remarried in 1981 and joined the math 
department at TAMU-kingsville. Her second husband 
passed awav 10 years later. She married her husband Jim, 
a Navv Master Chief, in 2001 and the two began then 
company in 2005. Most of the work involves collecting 
data from habitat studies and she has combined her interest 
in dog rescue with developing a wav for the dogs to assisi 
m data collection. She is also interested in the 
development of wind power to produce clean energy. 

Today, her yard of native plants is host to butterflies, 
birds, amphibians and more. 

"\ small pond welcomes buds and other criltcis 
I eeders and plants provide food and shelter for 
hummingbirds and others at all seasons." she explained. 
"Bud tour groups come b> our yard to sec the 
hummingbirds the) did not see elsewhere in the area." 

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Margaret Clara Peace 
Reyenga is a family 
and consumer science 
teacher at Plain 
Dealing High School 
and lives in Benton. 


Billie Jo Cryer 
Brotherton is a retired 
principal, married to 
Robert J. Brotherton 
(1974) and lives in Elm 


James Robert 
Vardeman is the owner 
of Disc Daddy, married 
and lives in Shreveport. 


Denise E. Gregory 
Ferguson is a 
physician liaison for 
MedSource Home 
Health and lives in 


Cynthia Ann Wigely is 
employed by Lafayette 
Parish School Board 
as a teacher and 
coach, married and 
lives in Carencro. 


Jerry Davis is 
employed by Trilogy as 
vice president of 
products and 
technology and lives in 
Cedar Park, Texas. 


Donna Laffitte is 
employed by the 
Denver Public Schools 
as a math and science 
instructional specialist 
and lives in Conifer, 


Angie Chance Griffis is 
a talented & gifted 
content specialist for 
Killeen ISD, married 
and lives in 
Georgetown, Texas. 


Patricia Lord Terry is a 
registered nurse at 
Summerlin Hospital 
and lives in Las Vegas, 

Leigh-Ann Tabor 
Gentry is an attorney 
at Tabor-Gentry, PLLC 
and lives in Madison, 


Mark A. Troxler is 
employed with Omni 
Medical Group as a 
sports medicine 
physician and lives in 
Tulsa, Okla. 


Felita Larkins Woods is 
employed by Shell 
Energy North America 
as a transportation 
analyst and lives in 


Katrina Hendrix 
LaBauve is employed 
by LHC Group as a 
state operations 
and lives in Lake 


Kip T. Patrick is senior 
officer of 

communications at The 
Pew Charitable Trusts, 
married and lives in 
Washington, D.C. 


Heather Janel Cavin 
Stevens is employed 
by Concentra Health 
Services in human 
resources, married and 
lives in Glendale, Ariz. 

Denise A. Webster is 
employed by the 
Department of Defense 
Education Activity as a 
principal at Livorno 
Unit School. 

Dr. Leah Renee' 
Veuleman Byles is a 
dentist, married to 
Raymond G. Byles 
('98) and lives in Many. 


Brent McClure is an 
audit manager at Ernst 
& Young LLP and lives 
in Birmingham, Ala. 

Janery Wylie Barnes is 
a manager of training 
for Alltel, married and 
lives in Sheridan, Ark. 


Lesley Marie Roberts 
Vance is a paralegal 
for executive counsel 
for the Louisiana 
Department of 
Insurance and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Jason Craig McGregor 
is employed at Norris 
Cylinder Co., married 
and lives in Longview, 


Amanda Lynn Galiano 
Guillory is an 
administrative program 
specialist for the State 
Department of Wildlife 
& Fisheries (HQ), 
married and lives in 
Central City. 

Anthony Dean Wilson 
is a HSE Specialist for 
Baker Hughes, Inc., 
married to Carin 
Wilson ('00) and lives 
in New Iberia. 


Jeanette Whitaker 
Villien is employed by 
LA Workers 
Corporation as a 
claims investigator and 
lives in Baton Rouge. 


Lakennia Cole is 
employed by La 
Marque ISD as a 

teacher and lives in 
Webster, Texas 

Gwen Riffle Costello is 
a team lead I for Blue 
Cross Blue Shield of 
North Carolina and 
lives in Durham, N.C. 


Bruston Kade Manuel 
is a managing director 
at Heyman-Merrin 
Family Foundation and 
lives in New York, NY 

Cloyce "Guy" Glynn 
Chowns is employed 
by the Natchitoches 
Parish Sheriff Office as 
a corrections officer 
and educator and lives 
in Zwolle. 


Amanda Almond 
Coglietti is an assistant 
buyer for JC Penney, 
married and lives in 
Piano, Texas. 

Dr. Brent Austin Daigle 
is an assistant 
professor of education 
at Mercer University, 
married and lives in 
Locust Grove, Ga. 

Dr. Ryan Christopher 
Terry is employed at 
Family and Cosmetic 
Bridge, married to 
Meghan Sebastien 
Terry (2005) and lives 
in Lafayette. 

Lindsey Huffman 
Vercher is a 
administrator for the 
GEO Group, Inc., 
married and lives in 


Nickie Stratman Currie 
is a software/systems 
engineer II at USAA 
and lives in San 
Antonio, Texas. 

Shantel M. Wempren 
is a paralegal for YLG, 
APLC and lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Brandon S. Cutts is a 
software systems 
engineer for USAA and 
lives in San Antonio, 


Samantha Jo Sullivan 
is a language and 
instructor at NSU and 
lives in Natchitoches. 


Andrus Michael 
Jeanlouis is a software 
engineer at USAA and 
lives in San Antonio. 





Effie DeRouen Mouton, 
Lafayette, November 1 , 2008 

Elethia Edwards Kelly, 
Decembers, 2008 

E.C. Knippers, Nashville, Tenn., 
January 26, 2009 

Dorthy Hillman, December 30, 

Catherine Bondurant Prince, 
February 9, 2008 

Stanley Mattson Powell, 
Shreveport, November 30, 2008 

Chester Winfield O'Quin, Jr., 
Alexandria, La., January 15, 

W.E. Carpenter Jr., Calvin, 
December 4, 2008 

Cornelia Elizabeth "Betty" 
Jordan, Natchitoches, 
December 5, 2008 

Maybelle Shelton Haddox, 
Winnfield, December 7, 2008 

1964, 1966 Jerry Fowler, Baton Rouge, 
January 26, 2009 

Larry Walls, Shreveport, 
January 16,2009 

Janet Paulette Ashley Holman, 
January 22, 2009 













Alumni Columns Spring 2009 / 15 

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Looking bacK 

A rare and undated photograph shows two 
Normal students between the Bullard 
Mansion and Caldwell Hall. The mansion 
was dismantled in 1913. Caldwell Hall 
burned in 1982. 

The Normal Camera Club encouraged students' interest in photography. The Camera 
Club published an annual pamphlet and in 1909 named an editorial staff that put 
together the first Potpourri, celebrating its centennial this year. 

Guess Who? 

Four hundred thirty-five graduates received degrees at 
Northwestern's Centennial year spring commencement exercises 
in l l )N4. Can you name the top graduates and the president who 
congratulated them? The first five readers to call the Alumni 
Center (318) 357-4414 will win a prize. 

Congratulations to the following 
people who correctly identified the 
senators at large from 1971-72. 

The senators were Melinda 
Voorhies. Raymond Beach. Linda 
Johnston. Dane Hine. Marcia 
Thomas. Cliff Conine. Ron McBride. 
Debra Towry and Greg O'Quinn. 

Rita Larsen-72 
St. Petersburg, FL 

Andy Magers-74 
Franklin, LA 

Kathy Meylian-90 
Hmeston. LA 

Bob Dale-72 
Pennsacola. FL 

Anna Nugent-81 
Natchitoches. LA 

Mona Robertson 
Pineville. LA 

Odeal Pharris 
Shreveport. LA 

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Researchers at the NSU Aquaculture Research Center 
generated a buzz last fall when several crawfish they 
were studying turned permanently blue. 

"We are thinking of calling them 'Cajun Blues,'" said Dr. 
Julie Delabbio, professor and director of the Center, located 
south of Natchitoches on the Red River near Lena. "Or maybe 
fleur de lis' crawfish because the blue color is really close to 
the royal blue color of the French king." 

NSU staff and students began a research project last 
summer placing ordinary brown-red Louisiana crawfish in 
aquaria at the Aquaculture Center. Four months later, more 
than 60 percent of the crawfish were vivid blue. 

"Our research was not aimed at changing the color of the 
crawfish. We were investigating whether lengthening the 
amount of light that crawfish receive each day would make 
them grow larger or faster. The color change was a complete 
surprise," Delabbio said. "There are some species of crawfish 
which are naturally blue, and on a rare occasion you will find a 
blue crawfish in a crawfish pond. But 60 percent of the 
ordinary-colored crawfish in our research study turned blue 
and continue to stay blue even after they molt." 

Other scientists have offered various suggestions as to 
why the dramatic change in color has occurred. Explanations 
could include diet, the light spectrum, or, since the crawfish are 
housed in a blue tank, a means of camouflage. 

"We know that it is not genetic," Delabbio said. "Is the 
color change permanent? We don't know. But blue crawfish 
sell for $25 a piece in the aquarium trade." 

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